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2020 Embracing Our Differences International Art Exhibit Celebrating Diversity

Awards for "Best-in-Show Adult," "Best-in-Show Student," and "People's Choice" categories totaling $3000.

Embracing Our Differences   /   Deadline: 10/08/19

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Art is a powerful tool to evoke social change. Without uttering a single word, artists can enlighten, educate and affect change around the world.

Since 2004, Embracing Our Differences has used the power of art and prose to promote diversity. The centerpiece of Embracing Our Differences is an outdoor juried art exhibit featuring 50 billboard size images (12.5 feet by 16 feet) created by local, national and international artists and writers. The display reflects the artists' interpretations of the theme "enriching lives through diversity." The exhibit is displayed annually at Bayfront Park in downtown Sarasota. The 2019 exhibit hosted 218,000 visitors to Bayfront Park, bringing total attendance, since 2004, to more than 2,920,000.

Embracing Our Differences invites you to participate in creating a world where differences are embraced and individuality is celebrated. Become a part of this exciting change through your visual art submission to the annual Embracing Our Differences international juried competition. The statements accompanying each artwork are also vital and provide insight into our common humanity—as well as the differences that make us all unique.

The 2019 exhibit received 11,791 submissions representing 111 countries and 44 states including such distant lands as China, Greece, India, Israel, Japan, Romania, and Thailand. More than 65% of the submissions were made by students from 239 schools.

The 2020 exhibit will be displayed beginning January 18 in Bayfront Park in downtown Sarasota.

Location

Bayfront Park, Sarasota, FL

Eligibility

Artists, professionals, amateurs, students – everyone can participate. National and international submissions are encouraged. There is no submission or entry fee and there is no limit on the number of submissions.

There is no restriction on entering art which has been submitted to previous competitions.

Requirements

Your original art may be any size and medium; however, you must create or scan and submit it as a high-resolution (minimum 300 dpi) digital file (JPG, JPEG, TIFF, PDF or EPS). Your digital art must measure no less than 12.8" (325.12 mm) wide by 8.8" (223.52 mm) high, or if larger, it must contain the same proportions. All art must have a HORIZONTAL orientation as shown below. Submissions which do not meet our technical requirements will be disqualified.

Awards

The winning artworks combine a deep understanding of both medium and message. Awards are given for "Best-in-Show Adult," "Best-in-Show Student," and "People's Choice" categories, with the last chosen by visitors to the exhibit. Adult winners each receive $1,000; students receive $1,000 with $500 to be directed to the student and $500 to their school's art program, if they worked under the direction of an educator.

Considerations

Please submit all works through our website:
https://www.embracingourdifferences.org/submit-art/

Evaluation Criteria

All submissions must be an original concept and execution and not a copy or reproduction of the work of another. Final selections for inclusion in the exhibit will be made by a three-judge panel of professional artists, curators and art professionals based on artistic excellence and originality in reflection of our theme "enriching lives through diversity and inclusion." Judges will also consider:

How effective the art will read when enlarged to billboard size (16 feet (4.9 m) wide by 12.5 feet (3.8 m) high) and displayed outdoors.
Is the theme clear and easily understood?
Does the art explore the theme in an unusual or previously unexplored manner?
Will the art and its message prompt discussion?

Contact Information

Brenna Wilhm
1209 S Tamiami Trail 1209 S Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34239

P: 9414045710
W: https://www.embracingourdifferences.org/
E: brenna@embracingourdifferences.org

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